Newburyport, Massachusetts: Quaint, Historic, Coastal and Featuring
a Beautiful Downtown
Article and photos (unless otherwise noted) by Eric Hurwitz. Updated
Oct. 4, 2017
you are looking for a small seaport city with a picture-perfect
postcard look and plenty of things to see and do, then we recommend
anchoring your stay in Newburyport, Mass.
Located on the North Shore of Massachusetts where the Merrimack River
meets the Atlantic Ocean, Newburyport surely represents the best of
coastal New England. A charming, historic sea captain's town boasting
spectacular Federal mansions, a nice harbor where boating is popular,
brick sidewalks, hanging flower baskets in the summer, historic inns, bed and breakfasts and hotels, restaurants with
delicious, often locally caught local seafood (The Grog at 13 Middle
St., Michael's Waterfront with
nice water views at One Tournament Wharf, and Starboard Galley at 55
Water St., to name a few), several art galleries, and boutiques and
quaint little shops with appealing merchandise and storefront displays.
Many visitors often find that the "nooks and crannies" alleyways have
just as much appeal as the main streets in this beautiful little city
that actually acts more like a small town. All this adds up to a great
walking town that never gets boring.
State Street in downtown Newburyport.
Great walking town no matter what time of year!
Newburyport's idyllic coastal New England location results in a
place to spend a nice beach
day in the summer, a cool fall foliage walk in the fall, a cold but
charming place to call your own in the winter (at a quaint historic inn
or one of the
many cozy fireplaced restaurants), and a walker's haven in the spring.
Newburyport is also located close to the New Hampshire seacoast, the
fun of the southern Maine coast (York Beach, Wells, Ogunquit) and under
an hour to Boston.
Beautiful walkway by the water in downtown Newburyport.
Boat in the harbor in Newburyport.
Once downtrodden, Newburyport's remarkable revitalization
of people during the warmer weather, yet the proud city does not seem
as popular as other classic Massachusetts seacoast destinations. That
allows for a more relaxed pace for those who would rather not fight
overwhelming crowds and be nauseated by hokey, souvenir shops.
Newburyport, on the other hand, mixes old-time stores (like Richdale
with its penny candy and 25 cent hot dogs) with upscale shops that also
happen to sell useful
merchandise from furniture to clothing.
A stroll through downtown Newburyport.
Richdale Food Stores: a long-time favorite.
The relaxed pace is best exemplified, however, by the 11-mile barrier
island, Plum Island featuring the Parker Wildlife Refuge.
The Refuge features 6.5 miles of sandy beach, 3,000 acres of salt
marsh, magnificent dunes and great bird-watching opportunities,
including the rare Piping Plover located at Sandy Point Reservation (a
state park at the tip of the Refuge).
Parker River National Wildlife Refuge, MA. Credit: Matt
Newburyport's mix of sun, sand, shops and scenery ultimately makes for
one of Massachusetts' most appealing coastal destinations. We encourage
you to visit this wonderful city as part of your Massachusetts/ New
For more information on Newburyport, visit the Greater
Newburyport Chamber of Commerce web site
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